I’ve just completed the sixth of the twelve illustrations i need for ‘The Humble Leader’ [and i’m still deciding if that is the working title or the final one!].
All these illustrations are of leaves, which tie into the visual design of the parallel ‘Quiet Leadership Guidebook’. There is no particular need for them to do so, but i am enjoying writing these two books in parallel, in very different styles, so happy to have found a way to tie them visually as well.
The Quiet Leadership illustrations (there are, i think, a total of 38 of them) are all done on the iPad, in colour. By contrast, the ones for ‘The Humble Leader’ are drawn on cartridge paper using a combination of Staedtler and Faber Castell pens, at 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5mm. This makes it only my second book to have ‘real’, as opposed to digital, illustration: the first was the ‘Trust Sketchbook’, which was illustrated in watercolour.
I’m quite enjoying using these pens: some of them are quite old, taking me back to my days of architectural illustration (although my trust Rotring Rapidograph refillable pens seem finally dried out beyond redemption – anyone familiar with the scratchy sound of a dried out Rotring will understand my lack of remorse for this state).
I hope to complete the remaining illustrations this week. I actually have a load of other things buzzing around in my head, relating to the work around ‘Big Loop’ learning that i shared last week, but i’m forcing myself to focus to finally get this book done!